Apple's AirPods Studio headphones have been leaked and... oh dear

Airpods Studio
Airpods Studio (Image credit: choco_bit)

What you need to know

  • Apple's upcoming AirPods Studio headphones might have been leaked.
  • Twitter leaker Fudge says the photo "probably" shows the sports variant of the upcoming devices.
  • The design is sure to leave a sour taste for some.

Twitter leaker Fudge has shared a photo on Twitter which they say "probably" shows the Sport variant of Apple's upcoming AirPods Studio headphones, and they are not cool.

From Fudge:

Fudge has a previous track record of accurately leaking upcoming Apple products including Apple's CarKey feature for iOS and iOS 14's Widget layout.

Perhaps more notably, industry heavyweight Mark Gurman has shared the leak on Twitter, noting his own story about Apple's upcoming headphones from April. From Gurman:

Apple Inc. is developing over-ear wireless headphones with parts that can be swapped in and out, seeking to augment its AirPods business with a high-end audio product, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant is working on at least two variations, including a premium version with leather-like fabrics and a fitness-focused model that uses lighter, breathable materials with small perforations, the people said.

Given Gurman's own track record and likely insight into the upcoming product, it seems unlikely Gurman would add his own name to this particular report if it didn't match up with what he'd previously seen.

It's rumored that Apple will release a pair of AirPods Studio headphones later this year in the $350-$450 price range. They are expected to feature Active Noise Cancelling and, as mentioned by Gurman, interchangeable parts for different listening uses such as comfort and exercise.

The leaked design has the iMore team divided. Whilst there is a certain retro styling to them, Fudge notes that they are "hard to unsee", and look like two Palm Pre's attached to some tuning forks.

Fudge also shared a video of the reported white version of the AirPods Studio too:

There's every chance this leak is not legitimate, but as noted, leaker Fudge has a proven track record and this has also been shared by Mark Gurman, who did nothing to dispel the notion this was accurate.

What do you think of this design? Let us know in the comments!

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9